NATO Highlights Role of 3D Printing as Part of COVID 19 Response

04/06/2020
NATO Allies have joined efforts with private companies and academic institutions in the fight against the global pandemic of the Coronavirus. These efforts include making 3D printing available to produce ventilator masks, which represent a crucial component of the medical equipment required to treat patients hit by the Coronavirus. In…

Living through the Global Coronavirus Crisis: The Centrality of Connectivity

04/05/2020
Certainly, one key impact of the Coronavirus crisis has highlighted in the crucial role of connectivity to allow 21st century societies to function even under duress. Stay at home orders would not even be feasible without those "at home" being able to connect over their phone lines and internet connections,…

Employing Unmanned Surface Vehicles to Enhance Port and Harbor Security

04/03/2020
By George Galorisi The deployment of two U.S. Navy hospital ships, USNS Mercy and USNS Comfort, to the ports of Los Angeles and New York City, respectively, in response to the Covid-19 pandemic has made international news. It has also put a punctuation mark on the importance of ports and…

Coronavirus Impact: France Pulls Out from African West Coast Maritime Security Mission

04/03/2020
by defenceWeb The French Navy has suspended its Mission Corymbe off West Africa due to the COVID-19 coronavirus, and withdrawn a vessel from the area. The patrol vessel Lieutenant de Vaisseau Le Henaff, which departed Brest on 3 March for West Africa, returned to France at the end of the…

The Contribution of the Australian Arafura Class Offshore Patrol Vessel to Smart Sovereignty

04/01/2020
By Robbin Laird The argument of my forthcoming report on the nature and impact of the new build Australian OPV program is that the new build OPV is shaping a new template for Australian shipbuilding. And it is one in which the role of the prime contractor is being redefined…

USNS Comfort Departs Norfolk In Support of U.S. Coronavirus Response

03/28/2020
NORFOLK, Va. (March 28, 2020) The Military Sealift Command hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH 20) departs Naval Station Norfolk, Va. March 28, 2020. Comfort is deploying in support of the nation’s COVID-19 response efforts and will serve as a referral hospital for non-COVID-19 patients currently admitted to shore-based hospitals. This…

The View from the Hill: The UK in the COVID-19 Pandemic

03/24/2020
By Kenneth Maxwell I am quarantined on my hill in Devon. The British Media had been celebrating the “Dunkirk” spirit. The British Prime Minister, the old Etonian, Alexander Boris de Pfeffel Johnson, better know as as “Boris” or “BoJo” is the author of a book on Winston Churchill. He likes…